Broward High School Roundup

Pine Crest’s Jay Fitzgerald inducted into American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame


Last week’s best performances


Jamal Wallace led a punishing ground game with 194 yards and Timonte King added two touchdown runs as Northeast (3-1, 1-0) scored one of its biggest upsets in recent history by building a 19-0 lead before holding on for a 19-14 victory over District 14-7A rival Boyd Anderson (2-1, 0-1).


Taylor Moody, Ariana Garcia and Heather Netti, St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ golf: Moody (35), Garcia (40) and Netti (41) took the top three spots to lead the Raiders over archrival Cardinal Gibbons 158-226.

Ali Moser, Nova, girls’ swimming: Moser won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle to lead the Titans over Cypress Bay and Miramar.

Lorenzo Jerome, Taravella, football: Jerome threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Robert Miller in overtime, as the Trojans (3-1, 1-0) outlasted rival Deerfield Beach 42-35.

Julia Montgomery, Pine Crest, girls’ cross-country: The rising freshman upset the state’s second-ranked runner (West Shore’s Sarah Day) to win the Fleet Feet Invitational in a career-best 19:13.

Kayla Lokeinsky, Cooper City, girls’ volleyball: Lokeinsky had 13 points, 10 kills and four aces in a win over McArthur.

Wil Hart, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ golf: Hart (41) won medalist honors to help the Chiefs beat Pompano Beach 172-185.

Brandon Vicens, Archbishop McCarthy, football: Vicens rushed for 102 yards, including two touchdowns, to help the Mavericks rally for a 21-13 victory over Stranahan.

Kennedy Sanes and Danielle Ginzburg, Coral Glades, girls’ swimming: Sanes won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and Ginzburg won the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke in a victory over Coconut Creek and Taravella.

Matan Ozery and Jonathan Buytenhuys, Douglas, boys’ cross-country: Ozery and Buytenhuys finished first and sixth respectively to lead the Eagles to victory in a nine-team meet.

Lisa Zielinski, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ volleyball: Zielinski had 22 assists, nine digs and five aces to lead the Raiders (5-1) past Cooper City.

Jacob Walters, West Broward, boys’ swimming: Walters won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly to lead the Bobcats over Cooper City and Northeast.

Matt Dayes and Jaranta Lewis, Cypress Bay, football: Dayes rushed for 145 yards and Lewis added two 1-yard touchdown runs to help the Lightning (3-1, 1-0) rally past Flanagan.

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Jay Fitzgerald, longtime Pine Crest coach, was inducted into the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Las Vegas on Sept. 7. Fitzgerald was one of five coaches to be inducted.

“It’s the biggest association of swim coaches,” he said. “To be put into the Hall of Fame is a significant honor.”

Fitzgerald’s coaching career spans four decades, with a number of stops across the country. From club to high school to college, Fitzgerald has had a tremendous run of success in his career, including sending 34 athletes to major international meets. He has coached 16 Olympians.

A collegiate swimmer, Fitzgerald began coaching in Richmond, Va., before moving to the University of Alabama as an assistant coach. Fitzgerald has stops in Houston and Cincinnati on his résumé. He sent his first swimmer to the Olympics in 1984.

He has coached at the highest level in the sport, including the U.S. national team. He was selected to coach Paraguay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Fitzgerald came to Pine Crest after a 10-year stint at the Santa Clara Swim Club in California, one of the most storied programs in the country. He was reluctant to leave his prestigious post when recruited by Pine Crest. Fitzgerald was coaching in what is considered the most talent-laden swim state in the country and needed some persuading. After some negotiations, Pine Crest presented him an interesting proposition.

“[Pine Crest] offered a situation where I would coach, and they offered my wife a job,” he said.

Taking into account that his three sons would have the chance at a top-notch private school education at the school, the decision was easy for Fitzgerald.

“When you coach, you’re always putting your time with your athletes. Sometimes it’s good to remember you have your own kids,” he said with a laugh. “It might not have been the same level of coaching that I was used to, but it was going to provide a great situation for my family.”

Since joining the Panthers, Fitzgerald has a combined 249-27 duel meet record. He has been named the Broward Coach of the Year 10 times.

Apart from the high school season, Fitzgerald runs Pine Crest’s year-round club. The program has gained national attention throughout the years.

The club is highly selective, with a number of swimmers coming from outside the country. Fitzgerald gears his club toward international swimmers who are motivated to earn college scholarships.

Many of his swimmers return home to compete on their country’s national teams. The club is open to a wide range of ages, with post-college athletes training during Olympic qualifying years.

“The club is not a high school team,” he said. “We have athletes who we are sending out to major international meets.”


Westminster Academy swept the Class 1A races and American Heritage’s girls won the Class 2A meet at the Spanish River Invitational Monday in Boca Raton.

Boys’ team scores - Class 4A: 1. Sunset 46; 4. Douglas 110; Class 3A: 1. Naples Lely 24; 2. Cardinal Gibbons 31; Class 1A: 1. Westminster Academy 38; 3. Highlands Christian 80.

Boys’ Individuals - Class 4A : 1. Kurt Convey (CR) 16:01.56; 4. Matan Ozery (DOU) 16:39.35; 6. Tyler Bell (CS) 16:47.93; 7. Francisco Baglieri (MON) 16:51.45; 8. Anthony Deleva (Coral Glades) 16:53.86; 10. Carlos Lopez (CR) 17:03.82; Class 3A: 1. Jesus Hernandez (Lely) 18:00.12; 2. Ross Clark (CGib) 18:07.95; 4. James Wich (CGib) 18:30.31; Class 2A: 1. Nic Jacobsen (Saint Andrew’s) 16:36.70; 2. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 16:42.90; 9. Connor Hollander (CSCH) 18:33.15; Class 1A: Scott Simpson (Kings) 16:37.48; 3. Brandon Bejarano (WA) 17:26.92; 4. Casey McCracken (WA) 17:46.14; 5. David King (WA) 17:53.38; 8. Justin Ebenhack (HC) 19:11.44; 10. Chase Allsworth (WA) 19:26.27.

Girls’ team scores – Class 4A: 1. Spanish River 50; 5. Douglas 159; Class 2A: 1. American Heritage 39; 3. North Broward Prep 71; Class 1A: 1. Westminster Academy 42; 4. Coral Springs Christian 107.

Girls’ individuals – Class 4A: 1. Ellyn Snider (Spanish River) 19:59.97; 6. Jade Fungquee (Monarch) 20:56.52; 10. Hannah Prock (MON) 21:35.57; Class 2A: 1. Rachelle Alexander (AH) 20:07.90; 2. Calyope Ortega (AH) 20:38.07; Class 1A: Amanda Baker (WA) 20:57.86; 3. Kristen Selbach (WA) 22:17.78.


•  Chaminade d. North Broward Prep 25-15, 25-14, 13-25, 25-9: Alyssa Osborn 19 points, 6 aces, 27 assists. Emily O’Neil 7 kills, 6 points, 4 aces, 3 blocks. Monica Iglesias 9 points, 7 aces. CHAM 8-0.

•  Douglas d. Deerfield Beach 25-8, 25-16, 25-8: Ryan Carroll 10 points, 2 aces, 6 digs, 7 kills. DOUG 8-1.

•  Pine Crest d. Benjamin School 25-17, 25-20, 25-15: Evita Conway 17 kills, 10 digs. Jenna Luciano 10 kills, 5 blocks, 3 digs. Sara Duque 21 digs, 3 aces. PC 8-6.

•  Cardinal Gibbons d. University School 25-17, 25-20, 25-8: Healy Dwyer 3 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs, 11 points, 5 aces. Ali Jacobs 2 kills, 7 digs, 10 points, 2 aces. Sydni Massinger 8 digs, 3 assists, 12 points. CG 6-5.

•  Monarch d. Blanche Ely 25-9, 25-17, 25-14: Beverly Chiu 6 kills, 2 blocks. Kimone Ritchie 4 kills, 3 blocks. MON 5-1.

•  Archbishop McCarthy d. Stranahan 25-6, 25-5, 25-16: Ataxia St. Thomas 12 points, 11 kills. Sara Castello 14 points. Renee Wareham 4 points, 8 kills. AMC 5-1.

•  American Heritage d. Dillard 18-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-12: Sarah Angulo 16 kills, 6 aces, 14 points, 18 digs, 5 blocks. Ray Moncrief 11 kills, 5 blocks. Katie Johnson 5 kills, 26 assists, 9 points, 2 aces. AH 3-4, 2-2.

•  Sagemont d. Westminster Academy 27-25, 25-13, 25-18: Nikki Rodriguez 32 assists, 15 points, 3 kills. Cristina Quintero 9 kills. SAGE 5-7.

•  Hebrew Academy d. Horeb Christian 17-25, 20-25, 25-17, 26-24, 15-12: Hailey Dobin 17 points, 9 kills. Stefanie Suster 8 assists, 4 kills. Michelle Shakib 9 points, 5 kills. HEB 1-5.


•  American Heritage 298, Columbus 317: Mourin (AH) 72, Geibel (AH) 74, Garcia (AH) 74, Yumar (COL) 77, De La Torre (COL) 78, Strafaci (AH) 78, Betencourt (COL) 81, Martinez (COL) 81.

•  North Broward Prep 171, Coral Springs Christian (inc.), Grandview Prep (inc.) (at Osprey Point GC par 36): J. Francis (CSC) 36, Z. Close (GRAN) 36, J. Shiao (NBP) 37, M. Posk (GRAN) 40, M. Gardner (CSC) 41, J. Rauch (NBP) 42, I. Ratty (NBP) 45, A. Page (NBP) 47, A. Cohn (NBP) 49, D. Bench (NBP) 52, J. Forney (GRAN) 69.


•  Late Friday — North Broward Prep 198, Oxbridge Academy 211 (at Ironhorse CC par 36): H. Leiner (NBP) 40, P. Restoy (NBP) 43, M. Anderson (OX) 47, C. Kick (OX) 48, S. Shi, (NBP) 53, M. Nadal (OX) 54, E. Rabinowitz (NBP) 62, S. Cook (OX) 62.



Northwest Christian at Hollywood Christian, 5

Cardinal Gibbons at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7


St. Thomas Aquinas, Gulliver Prep vs. Archbishop McCarthy (International Links), 3:30



Archbishop McCarthy vs. Chaminade (Grand Palms), 3



Pembroke Pines Charter at Pompano Beach, 7


Archbishop Curley at Somerset Academy, 4

Fort Lauderdale at Blanche Ely, 4:30

Monarch at Coconut Creek, 4:30

Monarch at Cooper City, 4:30

South Plantation at Coral Glades, 4:30

Douglas at Coral Springs, 6

Taravella at Deerfield Beach, 6

Hallandale at American Heritage, 4:30

Boyd Anderson at Northeast, 4:30

Stranahan at Pembroke Pines Charter, 4:30

South Broward at Plantation, 4:30

Dillard at Pompano Beach, 4:30

Hollywood Hills at West Broward, 4:30

Everglades at Western, 4:30


Cypress Bay, St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Cardinal Gibbons (HOF Pool), 6

Western, So. Plant. at Cooper City, 4:30

Monarch, Coral Springs vs. Coral Glades (Coral Spr. Aquatic), 4:30

Nova, Hollywood Hills, Blanche Ely at Fort Lauderdale, 4:30

West Broward, Flanagan at McArthur, 4:30

Dillard, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach at Northeast, 4:30

Douglas, Coconut Creek at Pembroke Pines Charter, 7

Taravella, Boyd Anderson vs. Plantation (Central Park Pool), 7

South Broward, Miramar at Stranahan, 4:30


Flanagan vs. Coral Glades (Coral Springs CC), 3

St. Thomas Aquinas, Douglas, Columbus vs. Cypress Bay (Weston Hills), 3

Stranahan vs. Fort Lauderdale (Davie CC), 3

Pompano Beach vs. Northeast (Pomp Municipal), 3

Plantation vs. Nova (FTL CC), 3


Flanagan vs. Coral Glades (Coral Springs CC), 3

Plantation vs. Nova (FTL CC), 3

Cardinal Gibbons vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (FTL CC), 3

Cypress Bay vs. Western (Western), 3

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